The Lord shows us the way that leads to the
cross in His passion. The way detaches
heart from all that is not of God,
the soul may live for God alone. It
humility as the purifying light of
shines on the heart. It strengthens
as successive trials are endured on
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate
is wide and the road is easy that leads to
destruction, and there are many who take
it. For the gate is narrow and the road is
hard that leads to life, and there are few
who find it." (Matthew 7.13-14)
The cross is on a lonely road,
That narrows to a steep incline;
The hiker who carries no load,
Can tread the path with help divine.
All provisions weigh heavily,
And sugars sap the strength to climb;
The bitter herbs found on the way,
Provide what's needed at the time.
A parching thirst dries to the bone.
The heights are arid and austere.
The hiker travels all alone,
In desolation oft severe.
The Lord is the means and the way:
The hiker keeps Him e'er in sight;
The deepest thirst He will allay --
His way is truth; His burden light.
With ev'ry step, keep the Lord near;
He is the strength to persevere.
"He ordered them to take nothing for their
journey except a staff; no bread, no bag,
no money in their belts; but to wear sandals
and not to put on two tunics." (Mark 6.8-9)
Lord, may Your light guide me on the
to the cross, and may Your grace give
the strength to persevere with every
(c) Paul Buis, 2009